What Is A Nuc ?
A nucleus hive (nuc) is simply a miniature honeybee hive. It has all the components of a full size hive including a laying queen, workers, brood (eggs, larva and capped brood), pollen, and honey.
The biggest benefit of a nuc is the fact that the bees are already working together to establish their colony/home. The queen has been accepted by the worker bees and she is laying eggs on drawn comb.
The workers are working! The nuc colony gives you a jump start on getting your main hive set up to survive the next year. Think of a nuc as a potted seedling that is ready to be transplanted
Spring and Overwintered Nucs
Spring nucs are created in mid to late spring of the current year. Overwintered nucs were created mid June to the end of July of the previous year. Overwintered nucs may be ready earlier and build up quickly with the nectar flow but can provide management challenges to a first year beekeeper. Both typically consist of a box with 5 frames of drawn comb:
NVBA members may list nucs they have produced for sale on the NUC Sellers Forum. NVBA is not responsible for any terms of the sale.